- See Atlas of the world for maps in the Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the World.
- See Category:Atlases for images of atlases, Category:Atlas (mythology) for the Atlas in Greek mythology, Atlas (rocket) for Atlas rockets, Atlas mountains for the Atlas mountains or Category:Human anatomy, atlas for the first cervical vertebra.
An atlas is a collection of maps, traditionally bound into book form, but also found in multimedia formats. As well as geographic features and political boundaries, many often feature geopolitical, social, religious and economic statistics. The Wikimedia Commons Atlas of the world is an organized and commented collection of geographical, political and historical maps available at Wikimedia Commons. This main page is therefore the portal to maps and cartography on Wikimedia. This page contains links to entries by country, continent and by topic.
About this page (by language)
Selected article in Wikipedia
|The Stielers Handatlas (after Adolf Stieler, 1775-1836), formally titled "Hand-Atlas über alle Theile der Erde und über das Weltgebäude", was the leading German world atlas of the last three decades of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Published by Justus Perthes of Gotha (established 1785 and still existing there) it went through ten editions from 1816 to 1944. As with many 19th century publications, an edition was issued in parts; for example, the eighth edition was issued in 32 monthly parts.
The first edition, by Stieler and Christian Gottlieb Reichard (1758-1837) was published beginning in 1817 and completed in 1823 (50 maps). After Stieler's death Friedrich von Stülpnagel (1786-1865) edited the second (1845-47) and third (1852-54) editions (both 83 maps); a fourth edition appeared 1862-64, a fifth 1866-68 (each 84 maps). (read more...)
|In 1570 (May 20) was issued, by Gilles Coppens de Diest at Antwerp, Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the "first modern atlas" (of 53 maps). Three Latin editions of this (besides a Dutch, a French and a German edition) appeared before the end of 1572; twenty-five editions came out before Ortelius' death in 1598; and several others were published subsequently, for the atlas continued to be in demand till about 1612. This is the world map from this atlas.|
|Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος; c. 90 – c. 168), known in English as Ptolemy, was a Greek-speaking geographer, astronomer, and astrologer who lived in the Hellenistic culture of Roman Egypt. He may have been a Hellenized Egyptian but no description of his family background or physical appearance exists, though it is likely he was born in Egypt.
Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, three of which have been of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise that is now known as the Almagest (in Greek Η μεγάλη Σύνταξις, "The Great Treatise"). The second is the Geography, which is a thorough discussion of the geographic knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. The third is the astrological treatise known as the Tetrabiblos ("Four books") in which he attempted to adapt horoscopic astrology to the Aristotelian natural philosophy of his day. (read more...)
Some special maps
|The maps below are examples of various forms of maps published in Wikimedia|
|Evolution of the Australian colonies, a rare example of an animated map|
|Iceland in the winter, an example of a satellite map|
|Greek territorial development, a history map|
|The World War II Pacific Theater as it appeared in August, 1942 - A war map, a special form of a history map|
|Old map, that shows Hungary and the bordering Balkan regions controlled by the Ottoman Empire, made by T. Jefferys in 1785|
|The Vinland map, an old map purportedly a 15th century Mappa Mundi, redrawn from a 13th century original|
Notes and references